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Halliday man charged with committing sexual acts with 6-year-old

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Thomas Clayton Miller (photo provided by Southwest Multi-County Correctional Facility)

A Halliday man has been charged with committing sexual acts with a 6-year-old victim.

Thomas Clayton Miller, 45, appeared in Stark County District Court on Monday before Judge William Herauf on three criminal charges.

Miller was charged with gross sexual imposition with a victim under 15, a Class AA felony.

According to the criminal complaint, Miller "willfully engaged in oral sex" with a girl who is 6 years old "daily for a three week period" in the spring of 2012.

Miller was also charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

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In July, Miller was found with small baggies containing methamphetamine residue and a digital scale, according to the criminal complaint.

Miller also appeared in court Monday for a bond hearing on a preventing arrest charge, a Class C felony, from July 2019.

Miller made no comments in court.

The maximum sentence for a Class AA felony is life in jail without parole, and the mandatory minimum sentence is 20 years in jail, and/or $100,000 fine.

A Class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, and a Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 360 days in jail and $3,000 in fines.

Dunn County State's Attorney Stephanie Davis recommended bond set at $25,000 cash due to the seriousness of the charges.

Davis also noted that Miller had to be found in Idaho and brought back to North Dakota, suggesting to the court he is a flight risk.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Stark County District Court.

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Miller was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

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